Monthly Archives: July 2011

Like the shoes? Don’t Minchin it!

I’ve become a huge Tim Minchin fan over the last couple of years. Not only is he an incredibly talented singer, songwriter and comedian, he’s an unrelenting cheerleader for science, skepticism and critical thinking. He just finished his first tour … Continue reading

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Podcast #128 – Anders Breivik: Zealot or Madman?

Norway mourns the massacre of at least 76 citizens at the hands of native son Anders Breivik, who describes himself as a Christian conservative and crusading knight protecting Nordic culture from Islamic infiltrators. But it’s hard to imagine anyone thinking … Continue reading

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Hubbard’s great grandson speaks

The last book I finished reading was Janet Reitman’s fantastic book Inside Scientology, an objective but unflinching look at the legacy of L. Ron Hubbard. By coincidence, someone pointed me to this video on YouTube. It’s true that Hubbard, either … Continue reading

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Pimp my turtle

This is just about the coolest thing I’ve seen all week. Veterinarians in Washington state were forced to amputate the infected forelimb of a “spur-thighed tortoise” (never heard of a spur-thighed tortoise before). To compensate for the lost limb, they … Continue reading

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Sexism in the Atheist Community

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last month, you know that a virtual shitstorm has been stirred up in the skeptical/atheist community over an elevator incident recounted by blogger Rebecca Watson. Discussion of the incident has sucked … Continue reading

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Rick Perry’s Pals (courtesy of Rachel Maddow)

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Allah, Liberty, and Love – Chapter Seven

[I’m blogging my thoughts chapter-by-chapter on Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Manji is an outspoken activist for Muslim reform, and the author of the influential The Trouble with Islam Today, a book I … Continue reading

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Podcast #127 – Atlanta Skepticamp Trivia Challenge

This is an encore presentation of the Atlanta Skepticamp Trivia Challenge, presented by John C. Snider on Sunday, June 12th. We thought our listeners might want to take a whack at these questions and see how they do. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Allah, Liberty, and Love – Chapter Six

[I’m blogging my thoughts chapter-by-chapter on Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Manji is an outspoken activist for Muslim reform, and the author of the influential The Trouble with Islam Today, a book I … Continue reading

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Allah, Liberty, and Love – Chapter Five

[I’m blogging my thoughts chapter-by-chapter on Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Manji is an outspoken activist for Muslim reform, and the author of the influential The Trouble with Islam Today, a book I … Continue reading

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